Pumpkin Butter | Doce de Abobora #SundaySupper

by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 45 comments

in Blog, Farmer's Market Recipes, Vovô's Cozinha

Doce de Abobora Portuguese Pumpkin Butter

Are you ready? Can you believe it’s that time already… I bought my first Christmas present yesterday.  I don’t know what has gotten into me, that is actually really, really early for me.  Ready or not, the Holiday’s are upon us and it’s time to think about what to get those people that have touched our lives all throughout the year.  You know, the teachers, neighbors, doctors and mail carriers.  Everyone can always use an extra gift card, but there is something so impersonal about a gift card on it’s own.  Yet, there is something so special and comforting about gifts that come from the kitchen.  Knowing how much I love to spend time Around the Family Table, my friends have come to expect and look forward to my homemade gifts every year.  Last year, I made Banana Bread with Flavored Chocolates.  That was a big hit, but this year, I wanted something really different.  I am making one of Vo-Vo’s favorite recipes,  Doce de Abobora or Pumpkin Butter.

Doce de Abobora or Pumpkin Butter ~ always takes me back to my childhood.  Vo-vo made this every fall and froze it so that we would have it throughout the year.  It is absolutely amazing on toasted crusty bread with a cup of coffee.  Sometimes the simplest things in life are truly the best.

How to make Personalized Jars ~ I love these jars because you can customize them and truly make this a special container to store your Doce de Abobora, Portuguese Pumpkin Butter.  The best part about it, they are almost free.  I save all the glass jars we use throughout the year.  Once washed, I just use sand paper on the caps and then use black chalk paint on them.  Once they are dry, you can write anything you like on them with chalk, erase and rename.  These also make great storage jars in the kitchen and bathroom.

I love Thrifty Finds for the Holidays ~ I love to go thrifting on Saturday mornings.  One of my favorite things to look for is little inexpensive add-ons for homemade gifts.  One Saturday morning while thrifting, Reis and I found these 6 miniature spoons in all different sizes with a beautiful stone at the end.  They were so beautiful and the price on the six was only seventy-five cents.  I picked them up, not knowing what I would use them for but just knowing I couldn’t pass up such a bargain.  When I decided to make Portuguese Pumpkin Butter, Doce de Abobora for my friends this year, I knew this was the perfect touch to add to this gift.  They are just gorgeous.

Portuguese Pumpkin Butter, Doce de Abobora is the perfect spread for thick crusty bread in the morning with a cup of coffee or with simple sweet crackers like Bolachas Maria with a cup of tea in the afternoon.   I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Portuguese Pumpkin Butter | Doce de Abobora #SundaySupper
Recipe type: Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen
Cuisine: Portuguese Recipes Sunday Supper
Doce de Abobora is the perfect Portuguese Recipe to give as a gift for friends
  • 4 cups of Sugar
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 1 small Pumpkin cut into cubes
  • Juice from 3 Oranges, approximately ½ cup
  • ½ teaspoon of Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  1. Mix the Sugar and Water juice and bring to a boil in a heavy bottom saucepan
  2. Add the Pumpkin cubes and the juice from the Oranges and bring back to a boil
  3. Simmer on low stirring constantly for approximately 30 minutes or until the Pumpkin is cooked and soft
  4. Add Butter and Cinnamon and continue to stir for another 5 minutes
  5. Let cool
  6. Puree in a Food Processor
  7. Add to jars
  8. Doce de Abobora, Portuguese Pumpkin Butter can be frozen in zip-loc bags and defrosted later

I am so honored to have Susan, one of our Sunday Supper contributors, aka The Wimpy Vegetarian host this weeks Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen, Sunday Supper  theme.  Holiday Gifts from The Kitchen mean so much more than anything purchased from the store.  These gifts are made with love and are sure to make that special person know how much they mean to you.  Check out this week’s amazing Sunday Supper Recipes:


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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Hezzi-D November 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

I keep saying I’m going to make pumpkin butter but haven’t gotten around to it yet! This is the year I’m making it-yours looks incredible!


Renee November 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

What fantastic ideas for packaging homemade food gifts. I need to get some of that paint for the lid. So cool.


Cindy's Recipes and Writings November 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

I love pumpkin butter on toast and pancakes! Thanks for this recipe,Isabel!


Nicole November 11, 2012 at 9:05 am

MMM… I’d take Portuguese pumpkin butter over regular old pumpkin butter any day of the week. This looks and sounds fabulous!


http://lipsmackerfoodie.blogspot.co.uk/ November 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

I have never heard of pumpkin butter before but it sounds delicious! I will definitely be making a batch. I love the idea of giving homemade foodie gifts at Xmas!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

I love pumpkin butter and I would be so happy to receive this as a gift!!


Jen @JuanitasCocina November 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

I adore those little spoons! And your idea about the jars. I could only hope that someone as caring as you would bestow on me something as wonderful as this pumpkin butter as a gift!


Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) November 11, 2012 at 10:16 am

I really have to start hitting some thrift stores for some fun photo props! The spoons were an awesome find to use with your pumpkin butter gifts! Perfect!


Katie November 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

Oh my goodness. I have never had pumpkin butter before, but now I WANT some!!! It sounds fabulous….


Heather @girlichef November 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

Well, I would be the happiest girl in the world if I received this! I polished off a jar of pumpkin maple butter that somebody gave me in no time flat. Can you say toast with salted butter and pumpkin butter for breakfast all week long!? I can ;P . Fantastic gifts, Isabel.


Carla November 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

I love the idea of saving glass jars then painting over the lids. Usually I look for mason jars at yard sales and flea markets to give away, but this is even better because well you’re buying something in a jar anyway lol And when I go thrifting, i look for props, not potential gift ideas. now I may change my mind ;) I heard pumpkin butter mails very well ;)


veronica gantley November 11, 2012 at 10:47 am

I have made apple and pear butter, but not pumpkin butter. I will have to give this one a try.


Tara November 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

Oh how yummy would that be, I love pumpkin butter. How do I get on your list!!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen November 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

Perfect recipe for all those jars I save and then don´t use..! I never made pumpkin butter, it sounds delicious Isabel! Another portuguese food word for my vocabulary (which really consists of abacaxi and frango, jajaja) Happy Sunday!


Bea November 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

i also save jars throughout the year, but they end up as crafts by the kids. Love the idea of sanding the lids, and adding chalk paint. Also the little spoons are the perfect add on. Doce de Abobora sounds so good – how long does it store in the jar?


Arlene @FlourOnMyFace November 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Yummy that sounds so good. I bet it tastes wonderful on pumpkin bread or a muffin.


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Pumpkin butter? Where has this been my entire life?! I definitely need to make this! And I love how you can personalize the jars. Well done!


Lane @ Supper for a Steal November 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I try to remember to save my jars throughout the year. Cheap and green :) Those spoons are adorable to. Very nice packaging and the recipe sounds great!


Conni Smith November 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Oh my…I remember the first time I tasted pumpkin butter – it was like a pie in a jar! AMAZING!!! Thank you for sharing your recipe!


Megan @ I Run For Wine November 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Isabel, this is an awesome gift. Not only does that butter look to die for, those spoons are adorable!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) November 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I would love to have some of this…I’ve never cooked with a fresh pumpkin, but you make this sound easy enough that I think I could do it! I love apple butter, so I’m sure I’d love pumpkin butter too!


Tamara November 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

This sounds so tasty. I love making gifts from the kitchen. I’m going to add this to my recipe collection. Thanks!


Soni November 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I’ve been craving this ever since you’ve posted on facebook :) Love the idea of turning pumpkins into something as delicious as this and enjoy all year round!!Fantastic :)


Jennie @themessybakerblog November 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I am so not prepared for Christmas. Everyone is getting food gifts this year, and I think I will have to make some of this to give as gifts. It looks fantastic. Pinned!


The Wimpy Vegetarian November 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

What fun it was this week to host a party for #SundaySupper! Thanks again for allowing me to do it :-). I love everything pumpkin, and love your pumpkin butter – I really like the addition of the orange juice! And the spoons are gorgeous!! 75¢???!!! Amazing.


Audrey's Mamma November 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I am determined not to be so last minute this year. Having this #SundaySupper early means we can all start working on our Christmas gifts. And we love pumpkin butter, although we have never made it from real pumpkins. I have always taken the shortcut with the canned stuff. I wonder how much of a difference it makes.


Liz November 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

This sounds incredibly tasty! And I love your tip about making cute, personalized jars, too! What wonderful gifts for the holidays, Isabel!


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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips November 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

The pumpkin butter sounds delicious (I love all things pumpkin), but I am really in love with the chalkboard jar lids!! Awesome!


Laura November 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I do the exact same thing with my jars during the year. I mean why waste something you already paid for. It is a great way to save even more money on making homemade gifts. And this recipes sounds like a great way to fill them. I know I would be very happy to receive it as a gift. :)


Sarah November 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I bet this would be amazing on pumpkin bagels!


Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm

My mind is racing with all the things I can use this with :)


sunithi November 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm

That is a fab butter and such a neat idea to save bottles and reuse them as gifts ! Going to do that now on. Your gift jars look so pretty !!! The ingredients in this butter are awesome ! Love the xoxoxo :) !


Kim Bee November 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Isabel this is fabulous. What a great gift to give to people. It’s so pretty. This event was so fun. There’s nothing I like better than homemade gifts.


Lyn @LovelyPantry November 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Well, this looks absolutely fabulous. I’m loving the ingredients. And those spoons! You’re right, you could not pass on them.


Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) November 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

yum!! I don’t think I’ve ever had pumpkin butter but considering my love of pumpkin desserts, I’m betting I’d love this!


Faye Leong November 12, 2012 at 10:15 am

This looks so good Isabel! Your Doce de Abobora looks smooth and I like the texture too. Will add in my trial list! Great gift idea!


Sarah November 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Doce de abobora sounds wonderful on toast with a cup of coffee. You sure know how to make a girl hungry right after she had lunch. I’m not a very good thrifter. I don’t have the patience to browse around and look for treasures. Normally when I do to a store, I head straight for what I need and I am out. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon with your son.


Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom) November 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I was going to comment on how much I loved the little spoons! So cute! I wish I had more time to get out and thrift. I also love that you save jars throughout the year to reuse. Awesome!


Lisa@TheDecorGirl November 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

OMG this sounds so scrumptious! I agree with Sarah, on toast… yum! Can’t wait to try.


Marie | FeelingFoodish November 14, 2012 at 8:37 am

This looks soooo good!! What a great idea. yup, I’d love to be on your list too. I love food gifts, not surprisingly.


Anita November 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but when you cut up the pumpkin, do you peel away the hard outer rind before cutting it into chunks?


FamilyFoodie November 14, 2012 at 10:59 am

Not a stupid question at all Anita… I should have included those instructions. Yes, please peel away the hard outer rind.


Isabelle @ Crumb November 14, 2012 at 11:13 am

I love doce de abobra! When I was little, a family friend would make enormous batches of this jam each fall, but unfortunately she’s gone now and it seems her recipe was never written down… so it’s been years and years since I’ve last been lucky enough to find a jar of this delicious spread.
Can’t wait to try out this recipe! I’m hoping I can hunt down some sugar pumpkins so that I can make a batch of my own on the weekend.


Tammi @ Momma's Meals November 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

Oh I love this! The jar idea and the pumpkin butter. WOW. Putting this on my gift list!


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